Put This in Every Car - 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Long-Term Road Test

2011 Volkswagen Jetta Long-Term Road Test

2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI: Put This in Every Car

January 28, 2012

Jetta sunroof control.jpg
I talk about sunroofs quite a bit on this site but most of the time the conversation is simply about the roof itself. I don't delve into the issue of sunroof control as often as I probably should, so let's start out with the best one in the game which is found in our 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI.

This is, by far, my favorite method of sunroof control and should probably be installed in every car -- damn the licensing costs. How's it work? Easy as can be: Turn it all the one one way to open it all the way, turn it all the way back to close it. No holding it, no waiting, just one touch and it's done. It's as quick and easy as turning off the stove. You only want it open part of the way? Don't turn it the whole way.

If we're being honest, a big dial hanging off the roof isn't the prettiest thing in the world, but the function far exceeds the aesthetic shortcomings.

So the Jetta's is the best, which is my least favorite?

toyota camry sunroof buttons.jpg
This is the sunroof control in our 2012 Toyota Camry SE. The buttons are very small (especially for a Toyota), the roof doesn't close automatically and the tilt is in a separate location from the normal sunroof controls. It's an afterthought for a non-standard feature and it feels like it. Toyota -- and everyone else -- should just buy the Jetta's dial and call it a day.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor, Edmunds.com

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